New scooter company expands transportation options in Lubbock

New scooter company expands transportation options in Lubbock

LUBBOCK, Texas -

A cultural phenomenon rushed into Lubbock when Bird scooters showed up on Texas Tech's campus, but the fact they just showed up, is the exact problem.

Now, the City of Lubbock and Texas Tech welcomed a new scooter share program into town.

Lime scooters are the new "it" think on Texas Tech and across Lubbock.

"With congestion around campus and the downtown corridor it's a perfect fit I believe," Lubbock Mayor pro tem Jeff Griffith said.

The collaboration between the Silicon Valley company and the University started in the summer.

"This is kind of a first for Lime for being able to wrap up this kind of agreement for the school and the city at the same time," Lime city launcher Nick Jones said.

The new company came to Lubbock because Birds were never permitted properly in the first place.

"They dropped their scooters in the marketplace kind of unbeknownst to the city," Griffith explained. "They didn't come see us at all."

On Wednesday, the city passed an ordinance that allowed Lime users to ride on all city and campus sidewalks.

"This is a great mode of transportation, but we need to make sure the majority of it is around this campus, but it can go bigger than that futuristically," Griffith said.

Bird scooters on the other hand, must be removed from city and campus streets by the end of the week.

"They will be picked up and fined if they want their scooters back," Griffith said when asked if the scooters are still around.

Lime scooters cost the same to operate as Birds. It's one dollar to start and 15 cents per minute you ride.

    THE LIME SCOOTERS COST THE SAME TO OPERATE AS BIRDS. IT'S ONE DOLLAR TO START AND 15 CENTERS PER MINUTE YOU RIDE.

"It's cheaper than therapy. I mean it's fun you know," Jones laughed. "You see people going by and they're grinning and I think that that's really priceless."

According to Griffith, if Bird gets another agreement with another campus, like LCU or South Plains, it could resurface legally in Lubbock.

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